Seiko Holdings Corporation, more commonly known simply as Seiko, is a Japanese watch company. The company was founded in 1881, when Kintar Hattori opened a watch and jewelry shop called 'K. Hattori' in the Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan. Eleven years later, in 1892, he began to produce clocks under the name Seikosha, meaning roughly 'House of Exquisite Workmanship'. According to Seiko's official company history, titled 'A Journey In Time: The Remarkable Story of Seiko' (2003), Seiko is a Japanese word meaning 'exquisite,' 'minute,' or 'success'. The first watches produced under the Seiko brand appeared in 1924. In 1969, Seiko introduced the Astron, the world's first production quartz watch; when it was introduced, it cost the same as a medium-sized car.
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